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Spring 2003 

Northwestern State University of Louisian 


Northwestern Graduates 
Make the World a Better Place 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85 

Director Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 


The Louisiana Scholars' College, an integral part of Northwestern State 
University, admitted its first class in 1987. Its goal was ambitious. 
recruit the best and brightest students, educate them with a "private school styled" 
liberal arts and sciences education on a public university campus and at public 
university tuition cost. Its curriculum was modeled after Ivy League institutions 
and it brought professors and students together as a community of scholars. 

Fast forward 15 years later... The Louisiana Scholars' College remains a vibrant 
community on the Northwestern State University campus and its graduates are 
scattered throughout the state and nation working and making a difference in a 
variety of fields including law, medicine, business, government, education and 
public service. 

I want to especially note the accomplishments of one current student in the 
Scholars' College. Alexander Billioux was recently named as a recipient of a 
2003 Marshall Scholarship. He is the first Northwestern student to receive the 
prestigious Marshall Scholarship and is the only student attending a Louisiana 
college or university selected this year. Billioux was also the Louisiana 
representative and a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. 

Billioux is majoring in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in scientific 
inquiry and a minor in classics. He plans to spend the next two years researching 
cancer gene therapy at the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine at the 
University of Oxford. 

Billioux was also a Goldwater Scholar and spent the last two summers interning at 
the National Institutes of Health in the Disorders of Immunology Section of the 
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch of the National Human Genome Research 
Institute. He joins only 39 other scholars from universities such as Harvard, Yale, 
Dartmouth and MIT as a 2003 Marshall Scholarship winner. 

I would like to commend Alexander Billioux on this wonderful accomplishment 
and his bright future ahead of him, and say congratulations to the Louisiana 
Scholars' College... keep up the continuous quest for excellence. 

About the cover: Maxine Southerland posed 
for NSU Photographer, Gary Hardamon, at the 
Levy-East House Bed and Breakfast in the 
Historic District of Natchitoches. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

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Volume XIII Number 1 Spring 2003 

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President Dr. B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Vice President Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Secretary-Treasurer Mike Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Executive Director. Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Dane Broussard Houston,Texas 1986 

Jerry Brungart.... Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester. Arcadia, 1969 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. ...Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

F. Allen Horton Jr.. .New Iberia, 1957,1962 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Carlos Jones Ruston, 1993 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury. Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw. Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Stacie Cosby. Alexandria 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Ericca Reynolds, 2000 

David West 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 




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Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 1 

Campus News. 

Northwestern Graduate; 

Imelda Watson 

Imelda Watson, a 1947 graduate, retired in 1971 after teaching home 
economics in Simpson and Leesville. But retirement didn't stop her. Even 30 
years after retirement, she is still active in a number of activities and 
organization in Vernon Parish. 

Watson gives much of her time to the Museum of West Louisiana where 
she has served as a volunteer, board member and president. 
"I just do whatever needs to be done," she said. 

Watson is also a member of a civic organizations including the AARP, the 
Vernon Council on Aging, Retired Teachers and TRIAD, a organization which 
helps the local law enforcement offices contribute to their community. She is 
also on the Mayor's Women's Commission, which works for the betterment and beautification of the 

Watson can be found at a variety of church activities, including "Don't Mention Age" at the local Baptist 
church and "Lord's Children" at the Methodist church. She also attends the programs sponsored by the 
Seniors' Circle at Byrd Hospital. 

Watson knows the key to life is staying busy and contributing to her community. 
"There's always something to do," she said. "After you retire you have so much you can give back to 
community. My folks sacrificed so I could get an education, so I feel I should give back in any way I can." 

Lisso Simmons 

Lisso Simmons retired in 1989 after teaching and serving as an education 
administrator all over the state of Louisiana. He taught in and headed the NSU 
education department before moving on to serve as Dean of Education at two 
other universities. 

You can find Simmons visiting residents of the Natchitoches Hospital and 
local nursing homes during the week. 

"It is very satisfying to me to visit residents of the nursing homes," 
Simmons said. "They'll be feeling down, but you can sort of turn their attitudes 
around when you stop in their rooms." 

Simmons is also involved in civic and religious organizations. He is a 
deacon at the First Baptist Church in Natchitoches and is active in the local chapter of the Lion's Club, for 
which he served as district governor of Northwest Louisiana. He is also a member of the board for Habitat 
for Humanity of Natchitoches. Simmons was instrumental in the combined efforts of Lion's Club and 
Habitat to begin construction on a house. 

Simmons encourages all retirees to stay active and participate in as many activities as possible. 
"It is tremendously important to remain active after retirement," Simmons said. "If people just sit down, 
they won't live long. Get active in some way that helps other people. I get a lot of fulfillment out of helping 
other people. That's what helps people live longer. Have a goal and help people." 

Simmons is married to Nadine Smith Simmons, a 1950 NSU graduate and retired teacher. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 2 

Campus News. 

iake the World a Better Place 

David Hardin 

You can hear David Hardin, a 1960 graduate, still tooting his own horn after 
retiring from teaching music. His trumpet, that is. 

Hardin is a member of a six-piece dance orchestra, "A Touch of Class." 
They can be heard playing for casual engagements, private parties, church 
services and weddings. He has also performed with the NSU Jazz Orchestra. 

Hardin can also be found at Northwestern functions where he often reunites 
with other music alumni. He spends much of his free time outdoors hunting, 
fishing, and playing golf. He also takes to the skies with his hobby of flying. 
Hardin is honored to be an alumnus of NSU. 
"I am really proud of Northwestern and the music department," he said. 
"They have come a long way under the leadership in all facets; the athletic band, academics, the whole 
picture. The education I got there prepared me to go out and teach." 
Hardin married his high school sweetheart. Sherry. 

\\i\ vine \\i in :k Southerland 

Maxine Aycock Southerland, also a retired home economics teacher and 
1942 graduate of NSU, is helping preserve Natchitoches for future generations 
as a former president of the Association for Preservation of Historic 

As president, she acquired the cabin of Clementine Hunter to place on the 
grounds of Melrose Plantation. She also acquired the Kate Chopin Home and 
achieved its Historic Landmark status. Southerland was instrumental in 
obtaining funds to restore the Lemee House and rooms at Melrose Plantation. 

Southerland has also been a member of the board of the Natchitoches/ 
Northwestern Symphony Society, Louisiana Preservation Alliance, the National 
Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Cemetery Board and the St. Denis Tourist Association. 

For all of her accomplishments, she was awarded Woman of the Year by the Natchitoches Chamber of 
Commerce, a Mattie O' Daniel Award as an outstanding teacher and an Educational Award for the Museum 
for the History of Louisiana Education. She was also recently named one of the Best Dressed Women in 
Northwest Louisiana. 

Southerland is continually on the move and hardly has downtime. 

"It's just my life," she said. "I stay busy all day. Northwestern enriches my life, so does my community 
work. I am full of energy and have a lot of interests. This time of my life is the happiest time of my life. If 
you stay active, you have a purpose and if you are involved it makes you happier." 

Southerland also obtained her master's degree from NSU in 1957. She is married to Thomas P. 
Southerland, a retired vice-president of academic affairs and 1943 graduate. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003/ 3 

Campus News. 

Koury joins Ml Alumni Board 
of Directors 

One new member joined 
Northwestern State 
University 's Alumni 
Association Board of Directors 
during the group 's annual 
meeting Homecoming weekend 
Oct. 19-20. 

Matthew A. Koury of Leesville will serve a three-year 
term on the board. 

Since 1999, Koury has been an independent contractor for 
Gene Koury Auto Sales and Financial Services located in 
Leesville. Shortly before joining the family-owned business, 
Koury worked as an independent contractor with Louisiana 
Oil and Gas in Lafayette from 1995-1999. 

Koury is a 1995 Northwestern graduate, having a 
bachelor's degree in business administration. 

He is currendy involved in the Louisiana Lions Club and 
is on the Historic District Commission in Leesville. 

Chris Maggio, alumni director, said the alumni board is 
continuing to expand so that alumni will have more 
representation. "As our alumni base continues to grow, it is 
good to have additional board members who are demographic 
representatives of Northwestern alumni," he said. 

Koury is married to Martha Hooper Koury, a 1997 
Northwestern graduate. 

Is your child interested in space and 

looking for an exciting adventure 

this summer? 

Then Camp Discovery is the place to be! 

Camp Discovery offers a unique experience for students to 
train like astronauts, learn scientific principles and relate them to 
the space program in an exciting way. Camp Discovery also 
improves students' attitudes toward math and science. Students 
who participate in activities using science applications find out 
that science is really exciting. Improvement in math and science 
grades usually follows. 



Basic Camp (Ages 10-14) July 13-17 & 

July 27-31 
High School Camp (Grades 9-12) July 20-24 

First Camp (Ages 8-10 and one parent) July 10-12 

For more information contact the Space Science Group 

at (800) 259-9555 or visit their web site at 

Bearden visits former students in Thailand 

"All you have to do is get to the airport and we'll 
take it from there." These were the words told to 
former NSU education professor, Dr. Ivan Bearden 
by former Thailand students after years of trying to 
encourage him to make a visit to Thailand. 

In the 1970's and 1980's, there were many international 
students attending NSU. A group of them, education majors, 
were from Thailand and had Bearden as their professor. 

Bearden said having students from different countries 
added something extra to the university. 

"They made such a contribution to NSU by making 
students aware of the other countries and what all their 
countries entailed," said Bearden. "Because of this, we did a 
lot of extra work with them. It was a great learning experience 
for me as the professor and for the students in the class as 

courses at 
NSU from 
1966 until 

During that 
time and 
many years 
he stayed in 
touch with 
the small 
group of 
students that 
had since 
returned to 

Thailand. The former students were always asking Bearden to 
visit them and have an NSU reunion. 

Late last year, the former students contacted their former 
professor and said "if you don't hurry and come, we're all 
going to be retired!" 

So, in September 2002, Bearden made his trip to Thailand 
to see his former students. They had their alumni meeting at a 
local hotel where Bearden presented the former students with 
NSU t-shirts and caught up on old times. 

"The t-shirts were the hit of the reunion. One of the men 
changed into his NSU T-shirt immediately," Bearden said. 
"They asked many questions about NSU, the city of 
Natchitoches and other former professors." 

The NSU alumni planned a 12-day tour of their 
hometown for Bearden. They visited Chiang Mai, better 
known as the "jewelry city" of Thailand, attended a dinner 
theatre which depicted the old history and dance and shopped 
at many retail outlets. 

"I was so thankful and appreciative they planned such an 
extensive and well thought out trip for a former professor," 
Bearden said. 

Dr. Ivan Beardon visited former students and educa- 
tion graduates in Thailand. Shown are Duangjai 
Thaiuboon, Wacharee Buranasing, Bearden, Den 
Chanetiyoung and Pantipa Udtaisuk. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 4 

Campus News- 

Out-of-state athletes find much to like at Ml 

The athletic programs at 
Northwestern will always depend on 
Louisiana for a number of student- 
athletes, but coaches at NSU are willing 
to look throughout the country to find 
those who will be a good performer on 
and off the field. 

"While recruiting in-state is an 
ongoing focus of NSU's coaches, out-of- 
state recruiting also is a reality of 
Division I recruiting," said 
Northwestern athletic director Greg 
Burke. " In Louisiana, for example, 
there are 10-12 Division I programs 
recruiting a limited number of prospects. 
Thus, there often is a need to look 
elsewhere to put together the best 
possible recruiting class." 

In some cases, Northwestern 
coaches have to give prospects a quick 
geography and history lesson on the 
university and Natchitoches. But once 
the potential student-athlete makes a 
visit, chances are they will become a 

"The first time 
I saw downtown 
Natchitoches, it got 
*> I to me," said 

Lauren Fitts, a 
member of the 
NSU softball team 
from Carriere, 
Miss., who is a 
major. "The shops caught my eye and 
the river adds to it." 

To many of the student-athletes, the 
offer of a scholarship helped attract 
them to Northwestern, but the 
university's academics attracted them as 

was also a factor 
for me," said 
Danielle Moss, a 
member of 
track team from 
Paris, Texas. "The 
faculty have 
always been 
helpful to me. The 
university always tries to have a lot of 
things going on to involve students. If 
you want to be busy, there is enough to 



A number of student-athletes from 
outside Louisiana have excelled at NSU 
in recent years. Distance runner Robin 
Meyers from Arizona was nominated for 
NCAA "Woman of the Year," Standout 
volleyball player Missy Krause from 
Wisconsin represented Northwestern at 
an NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership 
Conference, and basketball player Josh 
Hancock from Texas was the point guard 
on the 2001 Demon team which made 
the University's first NCAA tournament 

In some cases, it was hard for the 
student-athletes to make the decision to 
attend college far away from home. 

"I wasn't sure 
at first because I 
had never stayed 
more than an hour 
from home," said 
Jacqui Lawrence, 
a member of the 
NSU soccer team 
from Grand Blanc. 
Mich. "The thing I 
noticed was how 
nice the people 
were and that were 
interested in me. Each year I am here I 
find out new things about Northwestern 
and Natchitoches." 

Student-athletes at Northwestern 
soon find out that they will receive 
support from the community, alumni and 
their fellow student-athletes each time 
they play at home. 

"That is something that is really 
important. We all support each other," 
said Lawrence. 

"There is a 
bond between all 
the sports at 
said William 
Budro, a senior 
thrower from 
i¥ m Lumberton. Texas, 
I ^^ who is a general 
,^l studies major." 

Members of the 
football team are 
on the track team. 
And we all go to basketball, baseball, 
softball and volleyball games and all the 

"We have one weight room, so we 
see people from other sports a lot," said 


Moss who is a vaulter." It is always fun 
to go to a game and cheer for someone 
you know." 

When each of the student-athletes 
goes home, they talk to friends about 
their respective colleges. And they 
learned another advantage of attending 

"When I walk 
into an office, I am 
not just a softball 
player, I'm 
Lindsey," said 
Lindsey Leftwich 
of Spring, Texas, a 
junior psychology 
major. "They know 
me. I am not just 
another face. The 
professors support 
you and they come see us play. You also 
get a great deal of one-on-one time with 
the faculty which will help me to get the 
kind of recommendation I need to get 
into graduate school." 

"When we host recruits, I tell them 
that you are not just a name on a class 
list," said Lawrence, a junior family and 
consumer sciences major with an 
emphasis in fashion merchandising. 
"The teachers know you. The people 
who work on campus know you." 

Being part of a successful program 
that has won several conference titles 
and participated in NCAA championship 
events has also made NSU appealing on 
a national basis. 

"We've won two conference 
championships since I have been here," 
said Budro. "It just shows what hard 
work will do." 


The Northwestern State University 
Graduate "N" Club is comprised of 
former Northwestern athletes who 
support the university, its athletes and 
athletic programs. If you are a lettered 
athlete and would like to become a 
member of the Graduate "N" Club, 
please contact Dr. Chris Maggio at (3 1 8) 
357.44 1 4 or (888) 799-6486 or via e-mail 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 5 

Campus News. 

" Because of the work started 
by Barry Smiley 20 years ago, 
Northwestern has built a 
nationally recognized business 
program," said Dr. Lissa 
Pollacia, the BellSouth Professor 
of Telecommunications at NSU 
who is leading the project. "We 
have a wonderful facility, but the 
exterior of the building does not 
reflect that. This project will help 
us make a good first impression 
on visitors. " 

Planning begins for Barry Smiley Memorial Courtyard 

The College of Business at Northwestern State University is planning to honor a 
former dean while sprucing up the area around Russell Hall. 

The project will create the Barry Smiley Memorial Courtyard which will extend 
around the entrance most used by students entering Russell Hall. 

The courtyard will include a brick walkway and distinctive hand-made iron 
benches reflecting the spirit and history of Northwestern and Natchitoches. The 
benches will be made by a local craftsman and will be similar to those along Front 
Street in downtown Natchitoches. A portion of the materials for the brick walkway 
will be donated by Frank and Natalie Piccolo of Artcrete, Inc., of Natchitoches. 

"Russell Hall is considered the most elegant and stately building on the 
Northwestern campus," said Dr. Joel Worley, dean of the College of Business. "The 
Barry Smiley Memorial Courtyard will further enhance Russell Hall and the College 
of Business as we continue to grow." 

Donations can be made in amounts beginning at $25. A two-seat iron bench can 
be purchased for $600 while a three-seat bench is $750. The bench can be 
personalized with the name of an individual or business. Donations are tax 

Dr. Smiley was a member of Northwestern's faculty for 17 years. A nationally 
recognized scholar in marketing, he was dean of the College of Business from 1983 
until 1986 and from 1990 until 1998. Smiley was a professor of marketing at 
Northwestern from 1998 until his death in 2000. Under his leadership, NSU earned 
accreditation by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, a 
distinction earned by only 30 percent of the business programs in the United States. 

While at NSU, Smiley was director of the Small Business Development Center 
from 1986 until 1990. He was chair of the Department of Business Administration at 
Louisiana College from 1980 until 1983 and was also a professor of business 

Smiley was president of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce in 1990 
and a member of the Chamber's board of directors from 1985 until 1990. 

For more information on the Barry Smiley Memorial Courtyard, contact 
Pollacia at (318) 357-5161 or . 

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July 2-10, 2003 

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cities in Ireland, Kilkenny boasts 
fine ancient buildings and winding 
streets dotted with narrow alleyways, 
known locally as slips. It is famous for 
its strong artistic expression, as well as 
its stately castle and cathedral. 

Visit Kilkenny Castle, once a 
medieval fortress, and see the Black 
Abbey, constructed during the 13th 
century. Travel to Waterford to learn 
about the production of its renowned 
crystal. Witness 9,000 years of 
Ireland's history at the Irish National 
Heritage Park. Learn about Irish 
emigration to the United States during 

a visit to the Dunbrody, a replica of the 
famine ship that carried so many Irish 
emigrants to America. Discover the 
many highlights of Dublin, Ireland's 
bustling capital, such as Trinity 
College and Christ Church Cathedral. 
Your hotel during your stay is the 
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, whose 
friendly staff is ready to welcome you 
with traditional Irish hospitality. 

Experience Ireland like never 
before, and join fellow alumni for the 
experience of a lifetime. 

Contact Information: 

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(800) 323-7373 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 6 

Campus News. 

One-room schoolhouse restoration underway 

Clyde Morace can imagine his father studying in a one- 
room schoolhouse decades ago. So the opportunity to 
help preserve and protect such a historic building had special 
appeal to him. Morace was part of a team from the National 
Park Service who spent a week working on a one-room 
schoolhouse located on the Northwestern State University 

A six member team, part of the Park Service's 
Preservation Skills Training Program, began the process of 
restoring a nearly century old schoolhouse located next to 
NSU's Teacher Education Center. The project was organized 
by the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. 

"I imagine that my dad went to school in a building like 
this," said Morace, a Vidalia resident who works at the 
Natchez Historical Park. "You can make out the interior of the 
building that still has the old desks. This will give me more 
knowledge on how to treat historic structures." 

Other team members include mentor Dan Matteson of 
Gulf Island National Seashore in Pensacola, Fla., Geri Larsen, 
Keweenaw National Historical Park in the Upper Peninsula of 
Michigan, Ernest Echoles of Gulf Shores National Seashore 
Park in Ocean Springs, Miss., Kristy Ferguson of Timpanogos 
Cave National Monument in American Fork, Utah and Greg 
Duggan of Cane River Creole National Historical Park in 

Funding for the project was provided by the National Park 
Service, the Cane River National Heritage Area and the Bank 
of Montgomery. 

"This is an outstanding project because there are so few 
one-room schoolhouses and this one is connected to the Cane 
River National Heritage Area," said Nancy Morgan, executive 
director of the Cane River National Heritage Area. "The 
schoolhouse has ties to the area's history and culture and to 
Northwestern which has trained teachers for almost 120 

The one-room schoolhouse was originally the St. Nichols 
School, which was established in south Natchitoches Parish in 
1906. The school was named for Benjamin Franklin Nichols 
who donated the land on which the building was constructed. 
The school was built using cypress with cypress shingles. 

The school was in use until 1924 when elementary 
students were transferred to Cloutierville. For more than 50 
years, the building was used as a home. In 1981, the 
schoolhouse was donated to Northwestern. The schoolhouse 
was moved to the grounds of the Teacher Education Center in 

"It is impossible to put a dollar figure on how valuable 
this work is to us," said Dr. John Tollett, dean of the College 
of Education at Northwestern. "The work that will go into 
restoring this structure is a powerful legacy. Northwestern was 
founded as a Normal School dedicated to training teachers and 
this schoolhouse represents a place where those teachers did 
outstanding work." 

The Preservation Skills Training Program began in 1994. 
Each year, 24 NPS employees are chosen to travel around the 
country to assist in preservation projects. The participants 
work on eight projects and submit a portfolio of their work to 
gain certification. 

Pictured above are Nancy Mor- 
gan, executive director of the 
Cane River National Heritage 
Area and Dr. John Tollett, dean 
of the College of Education at 

"This is a project in which the historic structure benefits 
and the National Park Service benefits from the preservation 
training," said Matteson. "Roofs are the biggest item in the 
project. This is good experience for each of them to work with 
wood shakes." 

A wood shake is a shingle that is smooth on one side and 
is split, or rigid on the other. 

"I have never worked on shakes. It's nice to know how to 
do this type of work on a historic structure," said Larsen. 
"This will allow me to learn some carpentry skills." 

Working on the shingles can be tricky because they can be 
different sizes. 

"I have worked on asphalt roofs before and this is a lot 
different because the shingles vary in length and width," said 

Ferguson found the work to be an interesting contrast 
from the preservation work she normally does. 

"Our preservation work is mostly with masonry," said 
Ferguson. "This will help me with basic carpentry skills and 
the emphasis on historic structures." 

Duggan said fixing the roof is the first step in stabilizing 
the structure which will require extensive renovation work. 

"It's nice to do something like this," he said. "I do 
carpentry work each day but this is something outside my 
normal work. This is a good sized learning project that isn't 
too large or too small." 

The College of Education and the NSU Foundation have 
begun to raise funding to restore the schoolhouse and aid the 
College through the Friends of the Old Schoolhouse. Funding 
raised by the group will help stabilize and weatherize the 
structure, restore and furnish the interior and landscape the site 
as well as assist the College of Education in student 
recruitment and faculty research. For more information, 
contact Dr. Cathy Seymour at (318) 357-6278 or at 
seymourc @ . 

Do you have a Web site that you would like to 
share with alumni and their families? Let us know 
at (318) 357-4179 or e-mail 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 7 

Campus News. 

Northwestern student earns prestigious scholarship 

A 1 

lexander C. Billioux, a senior in 
.the Louisiana Scholars' College at 
Northwestern State University, was 
named as a recipient of a 2003 Marshall 
Scholarship. He is the first 
Northwestern student to receive a 
Marshall Scholarship and was the only 
student attending a Louisiana college or 
university selected this year. Billioux 
was also Louisiana state representative 
and a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. 
Billioux, who is from Easley, S.C., 
is majoring in liberal arts and sciences 
with a concentration in scientific inquiry and a minor in classics. 
He plans to spend the next two years cancer gene therapy 
researching at the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine at 
the University of Oxford. He plans to work toward a Master of 
Science degree in Clinical Medicine. Billioux will be conducting 
research in the laboratory of Dr. Roy Bicknell, who is studying 
the molecular signals that trigger the development of new 
vasculature during tumor development as a potential target of 
gene therapy aimed toward tumor growth and proliferation. 

"Dr. Bicknell's lab is one of the few in the world doing the 
area of cancer research I am interested in. It's a dream come 
true," said Billioux. "We will be doing research of our own and 
seeing other steps taken toward gene therapy. The research will 
help make cancer less damaging than it is. It's not a permanent 
cure, but it will help in the fight against cancer." 

If his scholarship is extended for a third year, he will work 
toward a doctorate in molecular angiogenesis. Billioux also plans 
to enter medical school upon his return to the United States. 

Billioux was a 2002 Goldwater Scholar and has spent the last 
two summers interning at the National Institutes of Health in the 
Disorders of Immunology Section of the Genetics and Molecular 
Biology Branch of the National Human Genome Research 
Institute. He helped develop a system to better identify human 
cells used in animal research. Scientists often inject human cells 
into animals to conduct research and need to learn if the cells 

"Until I received the Goldwater, I didn't think I was the type 
of student they (the Marshall or Rhodes Scholarship committees) 
were looking for," said Billioux. "I didn't think they would look 
for someone from a small school, but wanted someone from Yale 
or Stanford. 

"My mentor at the National Institutes of Health pointed out 
that almost all the Marshall and Rhodes Scholars in recent years 
had received Goldwaters. So once I received the Goldwater, I 
decided to compete for the Marshall and the Rhodes." 

During the interview process, Billioux explained why he 
chose to attend the Scholars' College. 

"I was especially glad to be given the opportunity to explain 
my reasons for attending the Louisiana Scholars' College and 
Northwestern State University," said Billioux. "Rather than 
providing apologetic reasons for not pursuing my Ivy League 
offers, I explained that I felt the seminar-style learning 
environment and well-rounded, humanities focused curriculum of 
the Scholars' College had prepared me in a manner that I would 
not have been afforded by larger institutions. Further, the close 
relationships I have been able to develop with almost all of my 
professors provided me with invaluable advice and guidance, as 
well as opportunities I might not have had were I studying at a 
larger university." 

Billioux followed his brother, Chris, to the Scholars' College. 
Chris Billioux is a 1999 graduate of the Scholars' College. The 
Billiouxs found out about NSU through the Duke Talent 
Identification Program. The university placed an ad in a TIP 
publication and the Billiouxs were interested after reading the ad. 

"I had applied and received scholarship offers from other 
institutions but my parents saw a need for a humanities-based, 
liberal arts education," said Billioux. "The Scholars' College 
offered small class sizes with an intense seminar learning style. 
And I love the environment of Natchitoches." 

Marshall Scholarships provide financing for up to 40 
scholars to study at the graduate or occasionally undergraduate 
level at an institution in the United Kingdom in any field of study. 
The scholarships were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 
to commemorate the humane ideals of the European Recovery 
Programme (Marshall Plan) and promote understanding between 
future leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Other Marshall recipients are from institutions including 
Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, the University of Texas and the 
University of Washington. 

Germany's Holiday Markets on the 
Fabled Rhine River 

November 22 - 30, 2003 

From approximately $1,995, 
per person, based on double 
occupancy, departing from 

Since the 15 th century, German 
towns have celebrated the 
holidays with one of Europe's 
most endearing traditions, the 
Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas 
market. This spectacular cruise on the Rhine River takes you 
to the very heart of original Tannenbaum territory. 

Delight in a glittering, twinkling microcosm of Old 
World charm where ornate vendor stalls festooned with 
fragrant pine branches and bright boughs of holly proudly 
display the cherished craftsmanship of local artisans. Set sail 
from Diisseldorf to the High Gothic architecture of 
Cologne. Explore Bonn, an early Roman site and the 
birthplace of Beethoven. Discover the fairy-tale towns of 
Ahrweiler and Rech. See Koblenz at the confluence of the 
Rhine and Moselle Rivers, and the fabled Loreley Valley. 
Visit Riidesheim, the medieval wine-village, the Roman spa 
town of Weisbaden and cosmopolitan Frankfurt. 

This year, escape the frantic pace of the holiday season. 
Experience the European advent spirit on this incredible 
cruise to the legendary holiday markets of Germany. 

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Contact Information: 

Alumni Holidays (800) 323-7373 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 8 

Campus News - 

Pierce book looks back on life in Louisiana 

Jerry Pierce, vice president for external 
affairs at Northwestern and a member of 
the university's Journalism Department 
faculty, is the author of a new book entitled 
Prayer Meetings and Pink Corduroys. 

The book is a collection of some new, 
unpublished columns and others that 
Pierce has written for newspapers and 
magazines throughout Louisiana. 

Pierce's book was published by the 
Association of Louisiana Electric 
Cooperatives, which publishes the 
statewide magazine, Louisiana Country. 
His columns have been published in every 
issue since 1994 of that magazine, which 
has a circulation of 130,000. 
Billy Gibson, editor of Louisiana Country, said, "The book came 
out a few weeks before Christmas, and response from the public has been 
tremendous. A lot of people have asked us over the years to make some of 
Jerry's columns available in book form, so sales have been brisk. They 
were excited to get Prayer Meetings and Pink Corduroys." 

Sub-titled Reflection on Life in Rural Louisiana and Other Stuff, the 
book focuses primarily on growing up in Northwest Louisiana but includes 
commentary on fishing trips, sandlot baseball games, high school proms, 
soda fountains, fifties music, childhood ailments and cures, batting rocks, 
special Christmases, grandkids, school reunions, old Western movies, 
mumbledypeg, church services, sighting spaceships and assorted other 

The book is receiving positive reviews from readers and book 
reviewers. A review in The Shreveport Times stated, "The stories in the 
book are all our stories. They ring true. We want to remember them 

A review in the Monroe News-Star said the book, "strike a strong 
chord about familiar but wonderful and half-forgotten things like 
Superman suits, great old hymns, crewcuts and Butch Wax, black and 
white movies, dragging the town and favorite teachers." 

An Alexandria Daily Town Talk reviewer said "Prayer Meetings and 
Corduroys is a book about common and uncommon joys and heartaches 
and various famous and infamous characters. It is for readers who can 
identify with people or occasions or sensations that make people laugh, 
cry, listen, taste, fret, cheer or love." 

Northwestern president Dr. Randy Webb said the book allows readers 
to relive experiences that rekindle memories of hearth and home, church, 
school and community. "The book blends the humorous and serious sides 
of life into an entertaining, quick read. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the 
writing of Lewis Grizzard will relate well to this collection of memorable 
stories," Webb said. 

A 1961 Northwestern Journalism graduate. Pierce worked at the 
Times-Picayune of New Orleans as executive sports editor and in other 
positions for several years before returning to NSU. In writing for the 

Natchitoches Times and other 
newspapers since the mid-1960's 
Pierce has received first-place 
awards for general interest 
columns, editorials, features, 
sports columns and news stories 
on deadline. 

Prayer Meetings and 

H Pink Corduroys may be 

ordered from Pierce Book, 

709 Parkway, Natchitoches, 

LA 71457 for $14.95, which 

H includes mailing costs. 

. ,/TT^ '■■>' '"'■'""' " Checks should be made 

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Mi's College of Nnrsing Celebrates the Past 50 Years 

Fifty years ago. Northwestern students began going out 
into the workforce trained in a field for which NSU 
would become highly regarded. They were the first to 
graduate with a BSN in nursing. 

The first bachelor of science degree in nursing was 
awarded to June Gissler May, who graduated earlier than the 
others, in January 1953. The rest of her class graduated in 
May. She remembers how carefully the nursing school 
uniforms were handled. 

"They were light blue denim with starched white collar 
and cuffs, hemmed exactly 10 inches from the floor," said 
Gissler. "We also wore stiff white aprons with straps that 
crossed in the back and fastened with two buttons. We all 
carried our bandage scissors between these buttons for easy 
access. We never wore the aprons on public transit, we 
carried them folded so that any surface that might have been 
contaminated would not be exposed. After our capping 
ceremony we also carried our caps in a similar fashion." 

In 1949. four Shreveport hospitals discontinued their 
separate nursing schools to combine their facilities and 
began the Northwestern State College School in Nursing. 
The new program earned accreditation and national 
recognition almost immediately and became a model upon 
which other nursing schools began their program. The 
program was threefold, with a three-year diploma program, 
and four-year BSN program and a two-year program. 

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Row 1 L-R, Nita Trice, Louetta Falcon, Rosa Godwin, Margie Hoffpauir, Orlean 
Beckett. Mary Frances Woodruff, Merlene Bond, Barbara O'Brien, Patsy Henry, 
Anita Sue Bishop, Row 2- Emma Hebert, Helen Elrod, Donna Wilson. Marilyn 
Helton. Billie Alford, June Gissler, "Kitty" Kay, Maty Joyce Bedgood, Carlene 
Blum. Nancy Williams. Betty Currie, Millcent Arnold, Row 3- Gloria Paris, Faye 
Bailey, not pictured Maxine Bowden Whittington 

Guess Who! 

Can you guess the names of these NSU Nursing 
School graduates? If so, please contact the 
Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or 
(888) 799-6486. The first five people to call 
with the correct answers will win a prize! 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 9 

Alumni Events. 

Spring 2003 Party Pics 

Jimmie Nell Adams 
Lewis ('60) and 
Sally Rutledge 
McCain ('60), room- 
mates in college, vis- 
ited during the Al- 
exandria alumni 


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Kim Marler ('98) Beverly Corbett ('78) and Sue Adams ('78) 
shared their Northwestern experiences at the Alexandria 
alumni gathering at Tunk's Cypress Inn. 

Terri Carpenter ('80) visited with Kim and James ('89) 
Lacombe at the Alexandria alumni gathering. 

Bernard Waggoner ('49), Bill Timon ('49) Ocie Richie ('47) 
and Jodie Stoutamire ('50) celebrated the Northwestern 
tradition of Basketball Homecoming this spring. 

Peggy Hatch, Gayle Hatch, Reginald Grace ('75) and Rhonda 
Grace visited during NSU's Basketball Homecoming. 

Joyce Landry Pasqua ('50) Beryl DeLoach Combs ('52), 
Frank Pasqua ('52) and Alida Bishop Casey ('50) enjoyed 
the Baton Rouge Alumni Gathering a Mike Anderson's 

Young NSU alumni are always represented at the annual 
Baton Rouge alumni gathering. 

Ted Jones ('60), a 
member of the Jimmie 
Davis Band, received the 
Friends of Jimmie Davis 
Award during the 
Louisiana Political Hall 
of Fame Induction at the 
Louisiana Political 

Carolyn Huntoon ('62) was inducted into the Louisiana 
Political Hall of Fame at the Louisiana Political Museum in 
Winnfield. Huntoon served as director of NASA's Johnson 
Space Center in Houston, as agency representative at the 
White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy 
and as assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 10 

Alumni Events. 

Northwestern Loses a Legend 


orthwestern loses one of its most beloved alumni and 
friends with the passing of Lucile Mertz Hendrick. 

I .in-ill- Mertz Hendrick 

Hendrick was assistant dean of women at Northwestern from 1959 until 
1963 and was dean of women from 1963 until her retirement in 1974. A 1929 
graduate of Louisiana State Normal, Hendrick was a charter member of Sigma Sigma 
Sigma Sorority and remained active until her death. She received a master's degree in 
personnel, guidance and administration from Northwestern State College. 

"Lucile Hendrick was a friend and mentor to generations of Northwestern students, 
faculty and staff," said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "She was a beloved woman 
who gave generously of herself to help her community and Northwestern. Her impact 
was immeasurable." 

Hendrick was a native of Mexia, Texas, and moved to Shreveport at an early age. 
She graduated with honors in the first class of C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport. 

Professionally, she served as vice president of Kappa Delta Pi, president and 
secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana Women Deans and Counselors and was founder and 
charter member of the NSU chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. 

During her tenure as a college administrator, she was named Outstanding Dean of 
Women for Louisiana, and was inducted into Byrd High School's Hall of Fame. 
Recently, she was named to Northwestern's Long Purple Line, the highest honor 
bestowed on a Northwestern alumnus. She was also the recipient of the Nth Degree at 
Northwestern, was named Who's Who in College and University Education, Who's 
Who of the Women in the South, Outstanding Tour Guide of Louisiana, and 
Outstanding Woman of the Year for the City of Natchitoches. 

She was given the Key to the City of Natchitoches, received the Mayor's Award for 
Service, was named to the College of Education's Hall of Distinguished Educators, and 
was given the Sheriff's Award for "You Made a Difference." She was awarded citations 
from several NSU student organizations, including SGA. Purple Jackets and 
Panhellenic Council, who created the Lucile Mertz Hendrick Panhellenic Foundation 
Scholarship in her honor. Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority also created the Lucile Mertz 
Hendrick Outstanding Alumna Award in her honor. 

Hendrick volunteered many hours to her community by serving in various 
capacities of the Natchitoches Historic Foundation and was named preservationist by 
the group. She was also a charter member of the Natchitoches Genealogical Society, 

president and chaplain of Philanthropic 
Educational Organization (PEO), a charter 
member of the North Louisiana Historical 
Association, the Association for the Preservation 
of Historic Natchitoches, the Women's 
Missionary Union, the United Daughters of the 
Confederacy, the Daughters of the American 
Revolution, Colonial Dames of the 17 lh Century, 
and the Daughters of the American Colonists. 

Memorial services for Hendrick, 94, were 
held on Saturday, Jan. 1 1, 2003 at the First 
United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, She 
donated her body to medical research. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers 
that memorials be made to the Sigma Sigma 
Sigma Lucile M. Hendrick Scholarship, care of 
the Sigma Sigma Sigma Alumna Chapter of 
Natchitoches, 254 Julia Ann Drive. Natchitoches, 
LA 71457; or the Natchitoches Historic 
Foundation, Box 2351, Natchitoches, LA 71457. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 1 1 

Class Notes/Profiles 


hile approaching its 100* anniversary of continuing service, 
the nonprofit, fraternal society, Woodmen of the World 
Lodge 207 wanted to make a significant contribution to assist 
students attending Northwestern State University. The 
Natchitoches Lodge, which was chartered in 1907, recently 
endowed a $10,000 scholarship to NSU. 

"Many people from the city of Natchitoches attend NSU," said 
Treasurer Henry Maggio. "We just wanted to give something back 
to a place that has given us so much." 

Woodmen of the World believes in family values, patriotism, 
community improvement and civic involvement. 

"We donate more flags than any other organization in the 
United States," Maggio said. "Our organization also recognizes 
the best history student in each of the three parish high schools. 
We like to offer our services and donate to anyone in need whether 
that be Toys for Tots or nursing homes. We've been active in the Natchitoches community for almost 100 years." 

Since the creation of the Woodmen's Patriotic Program in 1947, the society has presented more than one million 
U.S. Flags to civic and youth groups, schools, churches, community centers and other nonprofit organizations; 
1.2 million American Patriot's Handbooks, containing the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, portraits 
and biographies of presidents, to newly naturalized citizens, libraries and schools and 223,900 American History 
Awards to junior and senior high school students for proficiency in the study of American History. 

For more information on Woodmen of the World scholarship, please contact Dr. Chris Maggio at the Alumni 
Association at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. 

Director of Admissions, Dr. Chris Maggio, accepts on behalf 
of Northwestern State University, a $10,000 scholarship en- 
dowment from Woodmen of the World Natchitoches Lodge 
207 President Paul Kexser, Jr. 



Margery Buatt McCuller is a retired elementary school teacher. 
She lives in Crowley. 


Janice Marie Tucker Rabalais recently retired from Lamar 
University as an assistant professor. She lives in Village Mills, 


June Ann Gissler May is a retired registered nurse. She lives in 
Albuquerque, N.M. 


Cullyne Scott Brady retired after thirty-five years of teaching. He 
is now an office consultant. 

Betty J. Barnes Wallace is retired and lives in Deville. 

Mary Elizabeth Walker is retired and lives in Pineville. 

Sue Lynn Robertson Cotton retired from the Rapides Parish School 
Board after 41 years. She is married to John Duane Cotton ('62) 
and lives in Pineville. 


Alice Farmer Roberts serves as president of the Shreveport 
Symphony Guild. She is married to Ted Roberts ('61), State Farm 
agent and lives in Shreveport. 


Reginald C. Lambright retired from Pitkin High School after 36 
years as a teacher and coach. He has been inducted into the 
Louisiana High School Athletic Association High School Coaches' 
Association Hall of Fame for the 2002-03 school year. He is 
married to Mary G. McKay Lambright ('79) and lives in Pitkin. 


Timothy L. Berry is a retired USMC major and Maryland State 
Police trooper and pilot. He lives in Manchester. Md. 


Larry W. Rivers is employed at Rivers & Associates. He is married 
and lives in Alexandria, Va. 


Felton Dickson is retired from BellSouth. He works for Enterprise 
Rent-A-Car and also serves on the board of trustees for Louisiana 
Baptist University and Seminary. He is married and lives in 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 12 

Class Notes / Profiles . 


Malcolm O. Hodnett is the owner and operator of Texas HotShot. He is married to 
Patsy Nell York Hodnett ('71) and lives in Longview, Texas. 

Charles Richard Vickery is retired, married and lives in Lake Charles. 

Jerry Leon Masters is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Jennings. He is married 
to Pat Tauzin Masters ('72) and lives in Jennings. 


Jack Hoffstadt is employed by the Office of District Attorney as a career criminal 
prosecutor. He lives in Mandeville. 


Charles William Boudreau is a health and physical education instructor at the 
Shreveport Job Corps Center. He is married and lives in Shreveport. 


Pamela Rose Catonese Restovich is a parent educator for Caddo Parish School 
System. She is married to John P. Restovich ('74) and lives in Shreveport. 


Harmon D. Throneberry retired from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major 
in 1984. He recently received the U.S. Chess Federation Lifetime Achievement 
Award. He is married and lives in Watauga, Texas. 

Jesse Lee Nobles Jr. is a project smart action officer in United States Army at Fort 
Lee, Va. He lives in Chesterfield, Va. 


Richard F. Karamatic is the director at McAllen Auditorium & Convention Center. 
He is married and lives in Mission, Texas. 

Rick Reass is self-employed as a real estate appraiser. He is married and lives in 
Winter Haven, Fla. 

Ron Kern is an account representative at General Electric. He lives in Ponchatoula. 

Vicki Young Hale is a homemaker. She is married and lives in The Woodlands, 


Gib W. Buckbee is an analyst for IBM in Rochester, N.Y He lives in Canandaigua, 


Ronald Ray Rogers is a partner in the business of Clovis Anesthesia. He is married 
and lives in Clovis, N.M. 

Wanda Trail Hendricks is employed by Arizona Department of Corrections as a 
staff nurse. She is married and lives in Peoria, Ariz. 


Mary G. McKay Lambright is a retired teacher. She is married to Reginald C. 
Lambright ('62) and lives in Pitkin. 


Mabel Ann Smith Carroll is a counselor at Mansfield Middle School in DeSoto 
Parish. She is married and lives in Pleasant Hill. 


Nancy A. Schmitz Edwards is a teacher at Living Word Christian Academy. She is 
married and lives in Mansfield. 

Gregory W. Copperthite is a principal at Approved Solutions, LLC. He is married 
and lives in Summit, N.J. 


Lydia Keyser 

A Northwestern State University alumnus has 
received an international award after she was 
selected from over 200 candidates worldwide. Lydia 
Keyser, a Natchitoches Central High School Spanish 
teacher, was named International Foreign Language 
Teacher of the Year by International Organization 
for Teachers of Foreign Language. She teaches 
Spanish I, II and III at Natchitoches Central High 

Her awards include an engraved golden apple 
on a gold chain and an engraved golden star 
paperweight. Next summer, she will go to Quebec, 
Canada, for the formal presentation of the main 

Keyser was notified in September that she was 
a finalist. 

"Just being selected as a finalist was comparable 
to being chosen a finalist in the Miss Universe 
pageant," Keyser said. "I was absolutely 

Keyser has taught Spanish at NCHS since 1995. 
She sponsors the Spanish Club, the International 
Club and is a class sponsor and ACT prep instructor. 
She is a former adjunct instructor of Spanish and 
English at NSU. Keyser also taught English, 
Spanish, speech and drama at St. Mary's where she 
was also the Spanish Club sponsor, the Quiz Bowl 
coach and a junior class sponsor. 

Keyser earned a BA in Spanish education and a 
master's in English at NSU. 

She is a member and treasurer of the American 
Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese 
and is a founder of the Antonio Margil Chapter. 
Keyser is also a member of the Louisiana Foreign 
Language Teachers Association, the American 
Council of Foreign Language Teachers, the NCHS 
Faculty Advisory Board, the American Association 
of University Women, International Organization for 
Teachers of Foreign Language and serves as the 
NCHS soccer coach. She sponsors the International 
Club and is a mentor for Sigma Kappa Sorority and 
a precinct election commissioner. She is a past 
president and vice president of Delta Kappa Gamma, 
a professional women's honor organization. 

Keyser has also been involved with several 
school athletic associations such as Dixie Youth, 
FBLA, March of Dimes, Cane River Cleanup, 
M ADD, Easter Seals, the American Red Cross, and 
Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon. 

She has been voted a favorite teacher by the 
NCHS student body several times and was the 
Louisiana High School Spanish Teacher of the Year. 
She is one of five finalists for the Natchitoches 
Business and Professional Women's Woman of the 
Year and was a Humanities Scholar of the Louisiana 
Endowment for the Humanities. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003 / 13 

Class Notes /Profiles. 


Leslie Griggs "Dubin" Spector is self-employed as an independent contractor and 
medical audit specialist. She is married and lives in Centerville, Ohio. 


Angela Jill Peterson Salvo is a quality assurance specialist for the Missouri 
Department of Mental Health. She lives in Columbia, Mo. 

Linda Faye Johnson Douglas, RN, CPON, RN clinical coordinator at Louisiana 
State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, is the recipient of the ONS 
Foundation Ethnic Minority Bachelor's Scholarship. 


Lawanda Reames Quinn is employed by the Department of Corrections as a 
correction probation senior officer. She is married and lives in Starke, Fla. 


Kasey Lynn Carter Humphrey is a registered nurse. She lives in Shreveport. 

Sonya Marie Rigaud Johnson is an English teacher, yearbook and newspaper 
adviser at Morgan City High School. She is married and lives in Patterson. 


Linda Diann Aymond Roberts is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Christus Cabrini 
Hospital and Rapides Women and Children's Hospital. She is married and lives in 

Winston Howard Jr. is the southeast region foodservice account representative at 
Starbucks Coffee Company. He lives in Brighton, Tenn. 

Dr. Melissa Frank-Alston is an assistant dean of academic programs and student 
affairs at Medical College of Georgia. She is married and lives in Grovetown, Ga. 

Willis (Trey) Cox is employed by the Department of Veteran Affairs as a 
kinesiotherapist. He is married and lives in Deville. 

Melody Smith Aldredge is a fourth grade teacher at North Natchitoches Elementary 


Crell Anthony Sikorsky is an exercise specialist. He lives in Kenner. 


Robert Paul Greer is the vice president of product management at eSembler for 
Education by Premio Computer. He lives in Pasadena, Calif. 

Dorothy Lanell English Weeks is the owner of Tree Frog Graphics. She is married 
and lives in Mansfield. 


Jeff L. Powell is a state game warden for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is married 
and lives in Arlington, Texas. 


Susan Derivas is a nurse practitioner at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. She 
lives in Shreveport. 

Dawn Worchester is a physical science technician for the Department of Interior 
Minerals Management Services. She is married to Reid Day and lives in 

Esther Ann Mayfield Holloway is a student at LSUMC. She is married and lives in 

John Freed, a 1998 aviation graduate, has been 
very busy the past five years. 

After graduating from Northwestern, Freed 
was selected to fly F-15's of the Louisiana 
National Guard. He went to Laughlin Air Force 
Base in Texas where he earned his wings and 
then went to a Replacement Training Unit in 
Oregon to train on his particular aircraft. He is 
now stationed at the Naval Air Station in New 

Since September 1 1, 2001, Freed has found 
himself protecting some of the highest officials in 
Louisiana and America. 

"We are the first unit to have live missiles on 
jets," Freed said. "We escorted the president from 
Florida after the World Trade Center attacks. 
Never in a million years did I ever think I would 
be protecting the president. We were also 
airborne early morning on September 12 over 
cities around the US in response to what 

Freed had the opportunity to revisit 
Natchitoches during the latest Christmas Festival. 

"The grand marshal of the parade was 
General Stroud," Freed said. "So we did a fly-by 
over downtown, flying fingertip, about six feet 
from each other." 

Freed said coming back to Natchitoches was 
like coming home. 

"NSU did a great job in helping everyone 
find their own route and doing everything 
possible to get them on their way," he said. " All 
the guys I flew with at NSU have great jobs 
working with the FBI or major airlines. The 
department is small, but you get individual 
attention. That is a good thing." 

Freed is married to NSU alumnus Kirsten 
Ranes Freed. She teaches at Belle Chase 
Academy. They have one child, Dallas. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2003/ 14 

Class Notes/ Profiles 

Kimberly Gladney Hatcher is a registered nurse at 
Doctor Hospital in Dallas. She lives in Mesquite, 


Lisa Ann Gomez Frostick is employed by Long 
Branch Board of Education as a teacher. She is 
married and lives in Bradley Beach, N.J. 

Laura O. Linebaugh Turner is a loan officer at Ocean 
West Funding. She is married to G. Daniel Turner 
f 97) and lives in Baton Rouge. 


Wendy Elizabeth Crochet Dew is a senior tax 
accountant at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Cold Inc. 
She is married and lives in Metairie. 

Chris Slopak is a project engineer at Engineered 
Specialty Plastics. He lives in Hot Springs, Ark. 

Jennifer Webb Bridgewater is a sixth grade math 
teacher at Magoffin Middle School. She is married 
and lives in El Paso, Texas. 

Cari Pecquet Rhoton is a special education teacher at 
Green Park School. She is currently serving as 
President of the Tri Sigma Alumnae Chapter, recently 
named the 2002-2003 teacher of the year for Jefferson 
Parish and was presented the NFL Saints Teacher of 
the Week award. She lives in Kenner. 

John J. Parsley is a commanding officer for the 528 ,h 
Medical Detachment at Fort Bragg. He is married and 
lives in Fayetteville, N.C. 

AnnMarie Henke is head of media services and 
classroom technology at Harvard Business School. 
She lives in Boston, Mass. 


Bradley Dowden is an internal medicine pediatrics 
resident at The University of Mississippi Medical 

Joy Nell Hillman Wiggins is a second grade teacher at 
Simpson Elementary School. She is married and lives 
in Leesville. 

Tiffanie Cain is employed by the Sabine Parish School 
Board as a teacher. She is presently pursuing her 
masters at NSU in Educational Technology. She is 
married and lives in Robeline. 

Tait Martin is an instructor in the department of 
language and communications at Florida State 
University. He lives in Tallahassee, Fla. 

Leah M. Manning Crotty is employed by Kern County 
Superintendent of Schools as a teacher. She is married 
to James S. Crotty (97) and lives in Bakersfield, Calif. 

James S. Crotty is a mortgage consultant for Wells 
Fargo. He is married to Leah M. Crotty ('97) and 
lives in Bakersfield, Calif. 

Class of 1953 

Fifty years after graduating from Northwestern, the Class of 1953 
will gather at their alma mater to reminisce about the good times 
and good friendships bonded during their college career. They are 
getting ready to reunite with old friends and classmates for the Golden 
Jubliee to commemorate the 50-year mark of receiving their diploma. 

Members of the class will enjoy lunch and a bus tour of the city 
and before the 3 p.m. commence exercises where each member of the 
class of 1953 will again make the commencement walk to receive 
their 50-year diplomas. 

On Saturday, members of the Class of 1953 will be inducted in 
the "50-Plus Club," as part of the group's annual luncheon. The 
luncheon will be held in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom. 

For more information, contact the Alumni Center at 318-4414 or 
1 -888-799-6486 or by email at 


lass of 1953 Missing 

Albert. Marjorie E. 
Alexander, Patsy Ruth 
Anderson, Jr., Harry 
Austin, Lonnie James 
Beckcom. Amanda Leateth 
Belka, Fannie Pinkston 
Bennett, Virginia E. 
Bishop, Anita Sue 
Bracey, Ruth C. 
Branch, Joseph F. 
Brown, Agnes Feazel 
Brown, Barbara Sue Love 
Bruce, Willie Jo 
Burns, Mary Louise 
Burroughs, Eunice Kennedy 
Clark, Mary Edna 
Collins, Mary Sylvest 
Crosby, Mary Prather 
Dupree, Sue Ann 
Elders, Larie D. 
Evans, Bernice Jackson 
Fontenot, Donald 
Gibbs, Melba Enlow 
Gosdin, Eloise 
Gresham, LaVerne Perry 
Hanchey, Virginia Morrow 
Holliday, Cheri Ann 
Horton, Willie Mae Huggins 
Howard, Juanita Fuller 
Kelly, Ferol L. Zabasky 
Lawton, lone Yvonne 
Lockard, Virginia Louise 
Lyons, Sybil 

Marmande, Genevieve Theresa 

Martin, B.E. 

Martin, Egeria R. 

Martin, James Harvey 

Mason, Jacqueline T. 

Meredith. Eura Parker 

Miller, Elta V 

Moody. Nell M. 

Murphy, Bobbye M. 

Nash, Gem Cheves 

Nettles, Florence 

Oney, Elizabeth 

Paris, Gloria Ann 

Pearce, Isabel Contois 

Pittman. Betty Ann 

Polk, Doris M. 

Riddle, Farah T. LaGrone 

Samson, Benard Claude 

Scheen, Ruth Greening 

Schuler, Marilyn Helton 

Seal, Rachel Helen 

Sill, Edward Otis 

Stephens, Dora Lynn 

Sullivan, Donnis Emogene 

Swilley, Harold Jefferson 

Swindle, Martha Lowrey 

Taylor, Annie Ruth 

Vick, Louise 

Walker, Blanche Corbitt 

Wheat, Susie L. 

Williams, James E. 

Williams, Marjorie Dean 

Willis, Annie Levins 

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Class Notes /Profiles 

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Raissa Nicole Randall Doucet is a homemaker. She is married and 
lives in Eunice. 

Meike Hunter is a developer for Sophcom. He lives in Baton Rouge. 

Linda Wright-Bailey is a United States Probation Officer in Houston. 
She is married and lives in Kingwood, Texas. 

Kimberly Diane Wadkins Lee works at Community Bank of 
Louisiana as a compliance officer. She is married and lives in 

Casey Waller is a pilot for Expressjet Airlines. He lives in 

Wendy Marie Christy Lee is fifth and sixth grade science teacher at 
Horatio Elementary School. She is married to Benjamin G. Lee 
('99) and lives in Horatio, Ark. 


Leonard Johnson III is an accountant for Beverly, Newman & Co. 
PLLC. He lives in Houston, Texas. 

Lesley Marie Roberts Vance is a business owner. She is married and 
lives in Lynchburg, Va. 

Emily Tracy is a pharmaceuticals sales representative for Wyeth 
Pharmaceuticals. She lives in Nash, Texas. 

Karla Michelle Dowden Herrington is a teacher at Holy Savior 
Menard High School. She is married to Roger Herrington ('99) and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Ingrid Petry Semien is an assistant information systems manager at 
Farmers Merchants Bank and Trust Company. She is married and 
lives in Maurice. 

Mandy Lynne Allen Knight is assistant band director at Fairfield 
Junior High School. She is married and lives in Fairfield, Texas. 

Benjamin Grady Lee is a quality engineer at Electrolux Home 
Products in Dequeen, Ark. He is married to Wendy Christy Lee 
('98) and lives in Horatio, Ark. 


Louis Jacob Nelson is employed by State Farm Insurance as a 
computer systems analyst. He lives in Bloomington, 111. 

Sharon Leigh Matheney Earles is seventh grade language arts 
teacher at Alvin Jr. High School. She is married and lives in Alvin, 

Joanna Leigh Mayes Hitt is a teacher and coach at Memorial 
Parkway Junior High. She is married and lives in Katy, Texas. 

Candace Courtney McNabb Lemoine is a retail manager for Gap, 
Inc. and homemaker. She is married and lives in Youngsville. 

Kendra V. Young is a social services director at The Summit 
Retirement Center. She lives in Alexandria. 

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Catherine Elizabeth Comett Reeves is a leasing specialist at St. Jean. 
She is married and lives in Baton Rouge. 

Joan Norberto Marrero is contractor sales representative at 84 
Lumber. She is married and lives in Pennsauken, N.J. 


Jennifer L. Owens Black is an assistant softball coach for 
Montgomery County Schools. She is married to John Robert Black 
C98) and lives in Mt. Sterling, Ky. 

Lorenda Dee Armstrong is a clinician for Success Insite. She lives in 

Telisa Ann White Pooler is a social service counselor at W.O. Moss 
Regional Hospital Acute Care Unit. She is married and lives in 

Jaime Leigh Tassin is a kindergarten teacher for Tyler Independent 
School District and a graduate student at University of Texas-Tyler. 
She lives in Tyler, Texas. 

Ramsen Elisha Sayad is an accountant at Cole, Evans and Peterson, 
CPA's. She lives in Shreveport. 

LaTasha Rene' Preylo is a member service representative for 
American Airlines. She lives in Euless, Texas. 


Nicole Ann Herbert Doucet is a WHNP at Acadia Women's Health. 
She is married and lives in Jennings. 

Kathy Lynn Matthews Davis is a registered nurse at Sierra Vista 
Regional Health Center. She is married and lives in Sierra Vista, 

In Memory 

'24 Evie Carroll Smith 

'29 Lucile Hendrick, Natchitoches, January 9, 2003 

'31 Marian Dormon 

'41 Daniel C. McCuller, Crowley, November 23, 2002 

'41 Edna Mae D. Jacob 

'51 Billie Rae Monsour, Lake Charles, October 26, 2002 

'68 Elise James, Natchitoches, November 12, 2002 

'76 Paula Lee Jetton 

Nancy King DeLoach 

Creighton Owen, Leesville, November 9, 2002 

Thyra Mabry Salter, Natchitoches, October, 29, 2002 

Mary Ellen Cormack, Houston, Texas February 19, 2003 

Memorials can be mailed to: 
NSU Athletics, c/o The Donald E. & Mary Ellen Cormack 
Scholarship Fund, Northwestern State University Athletic Field 
House, Natchitoches, LA 71497 

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